As I drove in to work this morning, I saw a homeless white middle age man walking across the street wrapped in a dirty red sleeping bag. It was not funny. He has become a permeant fixture on N.E Sandy Blvd.
Many of us remember watching Otis Campbell on the Andy Griffith show.
"Oh, he is funny! Oh, here come Otis again!" It was entertaining, and society approved because the show ran forever. The Otis character remained. The same applies for other television shows that portrayed the town drunk and homeless person as the norm. Well guess what? Look at the increased homeless population in Portland. It isn't funny anymore. It never was.